Gibraltar -1.5 v Norway

Darts - World Cup of Darts - 02 Jun 20:00

Looking at this match, and prior matches of these two, I feel that Gibraltar are in a good position for this matchup. They came through the first round last year confidently against Italy last year, and, whilst they were knocked out by Australia, this was by no means a bad result for Gibraltar. It was the first time that these two had paired up in this event without Dylan Duo, and it seemed to work.

Alongside this, in Dyson Parody, amongst what are a disapointing group of 4 players, Gibraltar have the best form player. In what was his home event, the Gibraltar Darts Trophy, a European Tour sanctioned event, he made the Quarter Finals, and missed darts to defeat Michael van Gerwen. Before that, he had to defeat Max Hopp and Jelle Klaasen, as well as Dirk van Duijvenbode to get that far. These are all players of a higher standard than Norway possess and is by far the best evidence of form for this event.

Whilst it must be considered that that was his home event, it does follow that he takes pride in being a Gibraltan resident and memories of this team's passionate celebration in making the last 16 last year do stick in my memory. This will be a team motivated by that previous success and a team who are more than capable of succeeding past the Norwegians here.

In terms of his partner, Manuel Vilerio, there is very little on him unfortunately. Going by the viewing of last year's event, he is no worse than the Norwegians, and did show positive signs last year, taking Paul Nicholson to a deciding leg in their singles match, and he played ok in the doubles match. Certainly, Parody is the better of the two but that is often the case with these lower ranked nations in this event.

Norway one of the poorer sides of the event this year. Their 'star' player is Robert Wagner, who certainly was an average BDO player campaigner in previous years. Now though, he is a shadow of even that form. He has played on the Scandinavian tour, but failed to get beyond the last 16 in the two events of theirs that he has played so far this year. He has, in two years of trying, never won a match at this event.

He has a new partner in this year, in Cor Dekker. He has played 5 events on the BDO tour, including qualifiers. His best performance was qualifying for the last 272 of the World Masters, and reaching the last 64 of the BDO World Championship Qualifiers. In the 3 major events he was able to qualify for on the BDO, he has yet to win a match. So we have one player who is struggling to continue what was at best an average career and another who has never won a match in any major competition.

Simply put, Norway look one of the weakest sides in this event, whereas Gibraltar have the confidence of their success last year, and their best player, Parody, coming off an exceptional tournament just under a month ago. I feel, taking all these factors into consideration, I am confident that Gibraltar can register a comfortable victory here. To add to this, if Gibraltar are to win this match, the stats suggest from the two previous years that it is not likely to go to a deciding leg. Only 4 matches from 32 played at this stage in the last two years have gone to a deciding leg. It is not to say that it won't, but I feel that Gibraltar can add to that stat. They won here 5-2 last year against an Italian team with better players than Norway, and I can see Gibraltar replicating what was an ultimately comfortable victory there and getting a good result here.
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